UGA Horticulture Department

Southeastern Regional New Grape Grower’s Conference – December 11

The Southeastern Regional New Grape Grower’s Conference will be held in Athens, GA on December 11, and again in Asheville, NC on December 12.

The Southeastern Regional New Grape Grower’s Conference is a collaborative effort between the University of Georgia, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State University. Personnel from those universities and industry members from the Georgia and North Carolina will give presentations at both locations.

    

The conference is intended to provide prospective and new vineyard and winery owners with basic considerations for starting up vineyards and wineries and to introduce the fundamentals of grape growing.

For more information, conference agenda, and registration:

please visit this link for the Athens, GA event… :

https://events.attend.com/f/1383787186

 

and this link for the Asheville, NC event:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/southeastern-new-grape-growers-meeting-tickets-52151161528

For those blog subscribers who already have a vineyard – please make potentially interested parties aware of this conference by sharing this link. Thanks in advance.

Hort Professor’s Work Featured on Cover of HortScience

Congratulations to Dr. John Ruter, our Armitage Endowed Professor and Director of the UGA Trial Gardens.   Dr. John Ruter’s research has been recently featured on the cover of HortScience, a journal of the American Society for Hort Science. The research involves the Formosan Sweetgum, Liquidambar formosana. Dr. Ruter and his graduate student, Kaitlin Barrios published this paper about the selection ‘Formosan Gold’ which as an outstanding cultivar trialed in Tifton, GA. Here is a link to the publication:

http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/content/53/10/1520.full.html?ijkey=IBxr7UlgrKilNkx&keytype=ref

 

Kimberly Cooper Awarded the First Oelschig Family Floriculture Scholarship

UGA Horticulture student Miss Kimberly Cooper was recently awarded the first Oelschig Family Floriculture Scholarship! The Oelschig family nursery and greenhouses in Savannah were established in 1882, making them the oldest nursery in the Southeast. Our former student, Kurt Oelschig is an Alum with an M.S. in Ag Economics from UGA, and took over the family business from his father George in the early 2000’s. The family has established this scholarship to support students with high achievement in the areas of greenhouse and floriculture. Kim was selected by the faculty for her leadership (Pax President), her great academic record and her 6 month internship at Green Circle Growers. Kim will receive a check for $1200.00 to support her senior year at UGA. Congratulations Kim! Its wonderful to see our industry leaders and former students contributing to the next generation of horticulture professionals. Go Hort Dawgs!!!

Hort Student Honored with Proven Winners Scholarship

We are very happy to announce that our very own Ruqayah Bhuiyan has been chosen to receive the National Proven Winners Grower Excellence Scholarship!!! This $5,000 scholarship is extremely competitive and was established by the Proven Winners Corporation to recognize the very best students in the floriculture industry! Ruqayah is the third UGA Hort Dept Student to receive this award over the last ten years! Well done Ruqayah! Many thanks to the Proven Winners Team for supporting our industry’s young professionals! Hort Dawgs bring it home!!!

Southern Nursery Association / Sidney B. Meadows Foundation Awards Two Hort Students with Scholarships

Congratulations are in order for two UGA students in the Horticulture Department! Miss Mary E. Lewis (M.S. Student) has been awarded a $1500.00 Robert Van Landingham Graduate Scholarship by the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Foundation, and Miss Ruqayah Bhiuyan, a Senior in our department has been awarded a $1500.00 Undergraduate Scholarship by the Sidney B. Meadows Foundation! Many thanks to the regions nurserymen whom established and funded the foundation over the years! Well done students!

Welcome Dr. Andre Luiz Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva

We would like to welcome Dr. Andre Luiz Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva (adasilva@uga.edu) to our department. He is based in Tifton and will be providing extension and research support to the vegetable industry. He obtained a Bachelor in Agronomy and a Master of Sciences in Agronomy with a major in vegetable production from the State University of Maringa, Brazil. After obtaining a Ph.D. in the Horticultural Sciences Department of the University of Florida, he comes to UGA from a post-doctoral research position at the University of Florida where he conducted research on the development of new best management practices for irrigation and fertilization of various crops. He has used his knowledge of different irrigation methods, fertilizer management, and crop modeling to address crop production issues of potato, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, dry beans, corn and soybeans. We are pleased to welcome Andre and his family to our community.

Marc van Iersel named Fellow of ASHS

Dr. Marc van Iersel, Dooley Professor of Horticulture, was named a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science at the 2018 annual conference in Washington, DC. Election as a Fellow of the society is the highest honor that ASHS can bestow on its members, in recognition of truly outstanding contributions to horticulture and the Society. Marc van Iersel was recognized for his groundbreaking research in applied plant physiology and controlled environment agriculture. His research achievements are reflected in a prolific publication record, with more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Dr. van Iersel combines his passions for plant science with a genuine desire to mentor students, having served as a major advisor to two dozen graduate students. His consistent and broad-reaching service to ASHS demonstrates his commitment to the mission of the Society. Dr. van Iersel has been recognized several times for his impactful research, as well as his influence on students.

Public Open House UGA Trial Gardens

Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and workers and volunteers are pruning, watering and collecting data on annuals and perennials at the Trial Gardens at UGA. The garden will host their annual public open house on Saturday, July 21 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. “It’s a plant party,” says garden manager Brandon Coker.

Although the garden is open to the public every day of the year, the public open house gives friends and fans a special opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the garden and have their plant or garden questions answered by Coker and Dr. John Ruter, garden director, plant breeder, and author.

The garden is home to the newest varieties of plants from breeders across the country. The plants are being trialed for their ability to withstand the unpredictable, hot, and humid summertime climate of the southeast. Visitors can check out new varieties of annuals and perennials like hibiscus, ornamental peppers, Calibrachoas, and hundreds of other plants. This summer, the garden has over 350 plants on trial and countless perennials from growers across the country.

The event is open to anyone from avid gardeners to people who simply enjoy strolling through a colorful and lush garden. “Some may have been gardeners for 50 years, some may have started gardening this past spring. But either way, it’s a good opportunity for gardeners to come mingle and learn more about the newest varieties,” says Coker.

The open house is pet and kid friendly, so bring the whole family for a day in the garden. Hokulia shave ice will have a tent set up for visitors to grab a cool treat while they peruse the garden. A $5 donation is suggested to help keep the garden maintained.

For more information, contact Brandon Coker bcoker20@uga.edu

Two Horticulture Faculty Recognized For Outstanding Teaching

Dr. Paul Thomas and Dr. Tim Smalley were both recently recognized by the University of Georgia with 2018 Outstanding Teaching Faculty Awards at this year’s Faculty Recognition Banquet.  The Horticulture Department was represented with two out of the six in the college awards, including including Dr. Maria Navarro, Dr. Marianne Shockley, Dr. Kylee Jo Duberstein and Dr. Brian H Kiepper. The banquet was held at the Continuing Education Center on April 16th and included a nice dinner with the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Samuel Pardue.

Dr. Marc van Iersel’s startup company featured in UGA’s Columns newspaper

Marc van Iersel and Erico Mattos discuss ongoing supplemental lighting research.

Marc van Iersel and Erico Mattos discuss ongoing supplemental lighting research. Picture by Dorothy Kozlowski, University of Georgia.

Candidus Inc., a company co-founded by Drs. Marc van Iersel and Erico Mattos was featured in UGA’s columns newspaper and on-line. The story discusses the role of UGA’s Innovation Gateway in helping to get Candidus, Inc. off the ground. Innovation Gateway focuses on transferring technologies developed at UGA into the marketplace. Candidus, Inc. was founded to commercialize ‘smart’ supplemental lighting control systems, developed in Dr. van Iersel’s Horticultural Physiology Laboratory. The research that led to the development of the technology and founding of Candidus, Inc. was funded by the Georgia Research Alliance, with help from Innovation Gateway.

You can read the full story here:

Innovation Gateway transitions technologies into products

“Without Innovation Gateway, this would have just been a really cool idea and a bunch of academic papers.” — Marc van Iersel